Queensland Funding Programs & Subsidies
The User Choice program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.
The program is administered by the Queensland Department of Youth Justice, Employment, Small Business and Training (DYJESBT) and offers subsidies for eligible apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications.
For more information on User Choice Funding please visit the DESBT website: https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/training-careers/incentives/userchoice
To be eligible for User Choice Funding you must meet the following requirements:
There will be additional requirements to be assessed when you sign up including whether any existing qualifications you hold impact your eligibility.
AASN providers offer a free service.
Search the Australian Apprenticeships website or call 1800 020 108 to find an AASN provider in your area.
Once you have signed up as an apprenticeship or trainee with an AASN provider, Irrigation Australia will be notified and will contact you regarding completing the enrolment into the course.
Currently there are two key components to the funded traineeships, a traineeship (State Funded) amount and an employee contribution. There may also be location allowances payable to the training provider to support face to face delivery in regional and remote areas.
For approved Queensland students there is a gap fee payable in advance by employers. This fee incorporates the “employee contribution” mentioned above – it is the total gap payable:
The gap is payable in advance of commencement; Irrigation Australia then claims the balance of training costs directly from the Queensland Government upon successful completion of each part of the course.